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School Video

Tennis

History:

PV has had wonderful results at the tennis courts and everybody has good reason to be excited about tennis at PV.

Our tennis is known for team spirit, fun, enthusiasm, and national and international achievements.  Nannie de Villiers is a well-known tennis player from PV who played tennis at an international level.

Every season boys and girls of all age groups enjoy this sport on the school’s six tennis courts.

Tennis at PC is growing annually and at the moment we have ten tennis teams enrolled in the Central Boland Tennis League.

More recent achievements:

2014 – PV wins the interschool tennis against Strand High.

2015 – PV’s junior team is unbeaten at the Bredasdorp doubles tournament.

2016 – The junior boys took part in an invitational tournament at Boland Landbou where teams from around the country also competed.  They beat the favourites, Paarl Gymnasium and the highly acclaimed Stellenbosch High School.  They went through to the final rounds where they were beaten by Menlopark High.

The junior and senior teams of PV had a convincing win at the annual interschool's matches where they beat Strand High with 34 games to 14.  IT IS THE TENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT PV HAS WON THE INTERSCHOOLS!

We are excited about the fact that EDGE Tennis Academy has joined our ranks at PV from the beginning of 2016.  This academy, which has many successes with their programme at different schools, helps with the preparation of the teams at school and also gives the opportunity of private coaching for learners after hours.

2017- The result of the continuous coaching by EDGE Tennis Academy is very apparent in our players’ level of play. Hard work during practice increases the level of competitiveness. Our first boys’ team now competes in the first league and we look forward to our girls’ team reaching this level in the near future.  Two of our boys, Gerard Pieterse and Leonard van Schalkwyk were chosen for the Boland u.17A team.

PV knows how to “serve” and with such strong teams there will be many more aces in the years to come…

Activities through the year:

Every year during February the senior tennis players take part in the tennis tournament at Bredasdorp and the juniors get their chance during October.  PV's junior boys are part of the Boland Landbou Invitational Tournament in February and the tennis players take part in courses presented by EDGE Tennis Academy.  Our top juniors participated in an invitational tournament at Hoërskool Stellenbosch in the fourth term.

League matches are played in the first and the fourth terms.  Even though the second and third terms are not traditionally tennis terms, we continue with a squad practice under the tutelage of EDGE Academy twice a week for our top players.

Tennis is an all season sport at Parel Vallei. Players who are serious about the game will find everything they need at PV – plenty of tennis.

Ideals:

We strive towards building this sport and to be competitive in all leagues.  We want to build the level of tennis at PV in co-operation with the EDGE Tennis Academy and the professional coaching they offer our players.

Contact details:

Head of tennis: Me E van Wyk: evanwyk@pvallei.co.za

      

 

 

     



In 1997 we had a very important strategic session during which the staff, management and Governing Body plotted the future of our school.

After very meaningful discussions and deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we were entering a time of huge change. We were on the threshold of introducing OBE (Outcome Based Education) and realised that the one constant going into the future would be change!

We were very proud of our academic excellence and were working hard at bringing sport and culture up to the same level as the academics. Around the table we penned our Vision for the future: "EXCELLENCE IN A CHANGING WORLD"

Since those very important discussions we are very proud to be able to say that we really do achieve excellence in our ever changing environment.

Some 10 years ago my wife and I attended a stage production of the musical ‘Evita’ which depicted the life of Evita Peron, wife of the Past President of Argentina.
During the show, Evita says, in a very defiant moment: "I’m proud to be and Argentinian."

At school at the time, I was thinking about ways in which I could spark off some pride in the school. Although many of our pupils had tremendous talent, they were often lacking in confidence and were almost scared to show pride in themselves or their school. I took Evita’s words and entered our own name and got: "Proud to be a Parel Valleier". I motivated and encouraged pupils to buy into the concept of having pride in themselves and in what they do but without being arrogant.

We also started to use this slogan on the foot of all our outgoing mail and on our letterheads. Interestingly, some of the grade 8’s, when they answer the question in their little test about the motto of the school, say that, “Proud to be a Parel Valleier” is the school’s motto instead of the real motto "Sapientia et intellegentia."

Long may this slogan live in the hearts and minds of our learners and may they always be "Proud to be a Parel Valleier".

Ettienne Gouws
2013